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Active way to get in relation with our dreams, «dream incubation» is a very ancient practice that goes back to Greek antiquity. It was used in temples associated with Asklepios to cure various diseases or to get an advice and solve a problem. But a temple is not essential to practice incubation, you just have to get involved in a preparatory work and respect a few rules that come close to those of autosuggestion and creativity in general.
Elaborated in the Seventies by the american psychiatrist Montague Ullman, the analysis of dreams in small groups by the technique of personal projections is a recent form of dream exploration which tends to give back to the dream its collective and social dimension by avoiding the interpretative interferences related to the theoretical positions and the authority of individual interpreters. The role of the group is to bring an help to the dreamer while preserving his personal authority on his dream.
THE FOUR MAIN STAGES OF THE PROJECTIVE EXPLORATION
First stage (subjective and individual level), the dreamer is brought to report his dream, at present tense (a short and recent dream, preferably). The group listens attentively to the dream account. In order to grasp the dream well and to take it over in an imaginary way, the members of the group can ask questions on its content, not on its waking state context.
Second stage : the group take over the dream which has just been just shared and each participant is invited to tell his personal projections on the different parts of the dream (subjective and groupal level). Each one projects freely and spontaneously his points of view, feelings, associations and personal intuitions on a dream then considered as his own. "If it was my dream, I think that..." Put aside, the dreamer listens and takes note of the offered projections. Allowing for exceptions, he does not intervene in the work of "brain-storming" carried out by the group.
Third stage : the dream is given back to the dreamer and the dialogue can take place again with the group. The dreamer answers to the questions of the participants about the waking state context of the dream (objective level) and he gives his opinion on the given projections.
Fourth stage : the group helps the dreamer to relate to the waking state context of his dream the projections which clarified its content (interjective level).
Two essential rules :
To be lucid in dreams, it is just to dream being aware to live a dream... Unlike the common dreamer, the lucid dreamer takes his dream as it is : an hallucinatory/inner experience lived in a dream state and not an inner experience lived in waking state.
To reach self-awareness in dream, you can use the proven method described underneath, based both on the Mild method described by the american Stephen Laberge in his book Lucid dreaming and the reflexive technique elaborated by the german Paul Tholey. The method puts together three types of exercises : during the day, before sleeping and after a nocturnal awakening.
Exercise in waking state
Exercise before sleeping
Nocturnal exercise (after an awakening from a dream).
N-B : This night exercise of synchronization of the cerebral hemispheres seems the one which gives the best results. Its principle is to associate by a concomitant functioning our right brain (linked with the analogical mental processes of the dream during which we "reason") and our left brain (linked with the logical mental processes of the waking state during which we "resonate"). This is why reading or any other exercise calling upon our reason is advised after the end of the dream.
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